RIKovery is a project that is being worked on by various companies, research institutions and universities in close cooperation. The complementary expertise and experimental setups of the institutions result in high prospects of success.
Covestro, with approximately 18,000 employees, 50 production sites and €10.7 billion in sales, is a leading global manufacturer of many high-tech materials, ranging from transparent polycarbonate and polyurethanes to polyurethane chemical components, e.g. for applications as foams, adhesives or coatings. Covestro is one of the world's six largest chlorine producers, with a chlorine capacity of 1.8 million metric tons. Covestro has various laboratories and a large pilot plant for research close to its operations.
Evonik Technology & Infrastucture GmbH (ETI) is part of the Evonik Group and bundles all Evonik's technology and infrastructure services in a single unit. This ensures that the operating chemicals segments are supported on their growth path by reliable services and innovative technologies. Customers at Evonik sites worldwide can draw on the services and expertise of ETI and its approximately 8,000 employees. Twelve major German chemical sites and the Antwerp site are operated by Technology & Infrastructure.
K+S is a supplier of mineral products to the agricultural, industrial, consumer and municipal sectors. In Germany, K+S operates various mines for the extraction of rock salt and potash/magnesium crude salts.
BWS Anlagenbau & Service GmbH as a medium-sized company offers solutions in the field of industrial water treatment for a wide range of industries. One focus is on special solutions for the chemical industry. All common process technologies are available, either alone or in combination. Chemical-physical, biological or, as in this case, (high-pressure) membrane processes are used for the solution.
The applicant, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd Braun, is head of the working group "CML - Cologne Membrane Lab" at the Institute for Plants and Process Engineering at the TH Köln and a member of the Resources Division of the Graduate Institute NRW. For more than 20 years, this working group has been dealing with a wide range of scientific issues, primarily in the field of membrane technology, industrial wastewater treatment and the connected plant engineering.
The project partner at RWTH Aachen University is the Chair of Chemical Process Engineering (CVT) headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wessling. The core competence of the working group lies in the development and application of innovative materials and processes of membrane technology for current global challenges: Water, Health and Energy. Main research topics are sustainable process engineering, electrochemical
membrane processes, water treatment, membrane production and reactor design for electrochemical applications. All system dimensions are investigated integratively, from the precise synthesis of materials to process demonstration on a pilot plant scale.
The Analytical Research Institute for Non-Target Screening GmbH is a start-up company founded by the Technical University of Munich. The object of the founder-managed company is non-target screening (N-TS) with the aim of training, developing and using holistic analysis concepts and data evaluation, interpretation and assurance. The former working group around PD Dr. Thomas Letzel developed modern technologies, analytical strategies and evaluation workflows in the field of N-TS at the Technical University of Munich within the framework of several BMBF-projects, which were mainly used in the investigation of environmental matrices. With the completion of the BMBF projects and the spin-off of AFIN-TS, the analytical scene now has both 'tools of the trade' and a facility for the real implementation and use of N-TS (first-hand).
The TZW is the center for applied research of the DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water). It is involved in a large number of national and international research projects concerning issues in the fields of water chemistry, water technology, microbiology, material testing, corrosion and distribution systems. In the past years, important impulses for the field of water chemistry were repeatedly set at the TZW.